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Inmates sue beer makers for alcoholism

Five Idaho inmates are suing eight of the largest alcohol distributors for their alcoholism leading to their jail time. (Source: KIVI/KNIN/CNN) Five Idaho inmates are suing eight of the largest alcohol distributors for their alcoholism leading to their jail time. (Source: KIVI/KNIN/CNN)

BOISE, ID (KIVI/KNIN/CNN) - Five inmates are suing several distributors of alcohol, blaming their addictions to booze as the reason they are behind bars.

The Idaho inmates, whose crimes range from manslaughter, grand theft and drug convictions are suing eight of the largest beer, wine and liquor distributors in the world for $1 billion.

The inmates claim had proper labeling been on the products suggesting their addictiveness, the crimes they committed would not have occurred.

In the affidavits presented in the suit, the inmates state their actions were fueled by their addictions. One inmate states he fears for his life, citing he would be unable to control his desires for alcohol and participate positively in society upon his release.

The defendants in the lawsuit include Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing, and the makers of Jim Beam. None of the brewers have responded to the filing.

Despite the common knowledge of the addictiveness of alcohol, the five inmates claim no knowledge of those facts.

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